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. >>> a resounding victory for mitt romney in illinois, but his g.o.p. opponents aren't ready to leave the race for the white house. i'm randall pinkston, that story coming up. >>> let's take a look at the republican race for president. mitt romney says that he is closing in on the republican nomination. yesterday he grabbed a decisive win in illinois. randall pinkston reports romney's opponents have no intention, however, of leaving the race. >> reporter: mitt romney's big win in illinois widens his lead in the delegate race putting him almost halfway to the number needed for the republican nomination. >> we thank the people of illinois for their vote. >> reporter: romney outspend his opponent 7-1 and won over republicans who care most about beating president obama. but he is still struggling to excite the base. voter turnout was low in illinois, something democrats are quick to point out. >> you could draw a bigger crowd at a green bay packers rally in downtown chicago. >> reporter: rick santorum finished a distant second in ili. romney supporters are calling for him to leave the race but san
just a few days away. rick santorum's lead over mitt romney is down to four points. tuesday will also be a critical day for newt gingrich. >> reporter: mitt romney and rick santorum have their sights set on ohio, the biggest prize among the ten states holding contests super tuesday. a new poll of likely republican voters shows the race tightening between the two front runners with santorum hanging on to a four-point lead. washington state republicans will weigh in first. they caucus saturday. santorum was there last night challenging romney's conservative credentials. >> this race is about what kind of america you're going to leave to your children and grandchildren. >> reporter: voters are listening after santorum nearly beat romney in his home state of michigan. >> he has a great chance to beat mitt romney and to beat president obama. >> reporter: but the prolong nomination battle is a sign that many g.o.p. voters are still undecided. more than a third of ohio republicans say they have yet to select a candidate. mitt romney insists he's got the best chance to beat president obama an
hopefuls are hoping to check the momentum of the mitt romney campaign. voters will be going to the polls in ten states tomorrow, including virginia. randall pinkston has our super tuesday preview. >> reporter: mitt romney is fighting hard to widen his lead in ohio with just 24 hours to go. >> you have a big say as to who are nominee is going to be. >> reporter: that state is the most watched race out of ten super tuesday contests. a new quinnipiac poll shows romney gaining ground and his rival rick santorum slipping a bit. the two are now virtually tied. romney is trying to convince voters he is the best choice to shore up the nation's sagging economy. >> i understand what it takes to get a business successful and to thrive. i understand how government gets in the way. >> reporter: rick santorum argues the fact that romney has a big financial advantage and has not yet wrapped up the nomination shows voters aren't convinced the governor is the best candidate to challenge the president. the former senator says if newt gingrich would call it quits then santorum's conservative message would
delegates to win. randall pinkston has more. >> reporter: mitt romney greeted voters in illinois explaining why he should win the state's g.o.p. primary. >> i'm going to get us the energy on the ground we need so we can keep the money that's being spent buying energy from other people, keep it here, put people to work with those dollars. >> reporter: romney rolls into the next contest with new momentum from his overwhelming victory in puerto rico over the weekend. >> 20 delegates, all the contents that were in that contest are ours so that's good news. >> reporter: he's holding on to more delegates than all his rivals combined. now romney's campaign is stepping up calls for other republican white house hopefuls to step aside but his chief challenger rick santorum vows he will fight to the end. >> the convention will nominate a conservative, not the establishment moderate candidate from massachusetts. >> reporter: santorum claims romney is outspending him 10-1 ahead of tomorrow's pry appear in illinois. >> it's mit rom my who is systematically has gone out there and run a negative campaign,
romney campaigned pretty hard. >> we did it again. >> reporter: the former senator of pennsylvania picked up hard fought victories in the alabama and mississippi primaries. >> this campaign is about ordinary folks dog extraordinary things, sort of like america. >> reporter: now he's -- now he says it's time for this to become a two-man race. santorum wants his fellow conservative newt gingrich to drop his bid for the white house, but the former house speaker appears ready to take the fight all the way to the g.o.p. convention in august. he says he's staying in because mitt romney is not the right choice for the party. >> frankly i do not believe that a massachusetts moderate who created romney care as the forerunner of obama compare is going to be in a position to win any debates this fall. >> reporter: but there's growing pressure on gingrich to call it quits. he campaigned hard in alabama and mississippi. at one point predicting he would win both states. now he admits he'll have to rework his strategy. mitt romney picked up wins in hawaii tuesday. now he's fighting to knock down santoru
a strong showing could be enough to make it a two-man race. >> reporter: mitt romney is celebrating his 65ing birthday on the campaign trail in alabama. >> i want to say thanks to you forgiving me this birthday present. >> reporter: one of two southern states holding republican primaries tomorrow. >> i think it is time to send a president to washington who can fix things in this country. >> reporter: rick santorum is sending time in mississippi. the other state where republican voters will head to the polls. a new cbs news new york times poll shows santorum leads the poll over republican primary voters with 34%. romney trails just behind with 30%. newt gingrich and ron paul are still far behind, but the poll also shows that most republican voters, 73%, expect romney will eventually win the nomination. >> this primary is very, very important. >> reporter: tomorrow's primaries are critical for gingrich, who is resisting calls to drop out of the race. >> at some point it become irrelevant when he is in the race. i think this race is going to become a two person race. >> reporter: gingrich mai
is coming up. >>> our noon news continues with a look at the g.o.p. presidential race. mitt romney's rivals vow they won't back down even after the front-runner's six-state wins on tuesday. >> reporter: rick santorum told supporters in jackson, mississippi next week's primary could be a gail changer. -- >> a game changer. >> if we win mississippi, this will be a two-person race. >> reporter: santorum is battling with newt gingrich to win over conservative voters and emerge as mitt romney's lone rival. the former pennsylvania senator has social securitily split that pace with -- has consistently split that pace with gingrich. santorum is stopping short ever calling gingrich to quit the race. newt gingrich says that won't happen. >> we are staying in this race because i believe that it's going to be impossible for a moderate to win the general election. >> reporter: but mitt romney is pulling away from his competition. cbs news estimates he now has 391 delegates, more than all of his challengers combined. >> i'm going to get this nomination. >> reporter: the former massachusetts governor will
race for president. g.o.p. front-runner mitt romney was in washington this morning for a fund-raiser, but he had some unwelcomed guests. delia goncalves explains what they were protesting and why they were holding the childhood toy etch a sketch. >> we want everybody to remember in november that he has a record as governor of massachusetts and that he has a record of frankly antichoice rhetoric that he's made a cornerstone of his primary election campaign. >> reporter: the pro-choice activist holding their etch a sketch's are reacting to a statement from a romney adviser comparing the campaign to a childhood toy saying, quote, you can shake it up and start all over again. romney is on damage control. >> the issues i'm running on will be exactly the same. >> we don't want to go back wrmds. >> reporter: but these voters say sticking to his antichoice policy is exactly what they're afraid of. in northwest, delia goncalves, 9news now. >> mitt romney now goes to louisiana. that state will hold its primary on saturday. >>> the d.c. government is no longer reserving 10% of parking me
outlined in the original memo. >>> mitt romney expects to tighten his grip on the republican presidential nomination in today's primary being held in illinois. the former massachusetts governor has picked up a lot of momentum. randall pinkston has more. >> reporter: the polls are open across illinois. voters there are picking the republican they want to see challenge president obama this fall. it's a showdown between mitt romney leading the latest voter surveys and rick santorum who is trying to recover from a stumble on the campaign trail. >> i don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. doesn't matter to me. my campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates. >> romney pounced on his rival's mistake. >> one of the people running for the republican nomination said he doesn't care about the unemployment rate. that doesn't bother him. i do care about the unemployment rate. >> reporter: santorum later admitted unemployment is important going on to say the nation's economic troubles are symptoms of the government's intrusion into the lives of voters. >> occasionally y
comments that he made concerning mitt romney. cbs news caught the exchange on camera. susan mcginniss reports. >> rick santorum got into a testy exchange with a new york times reporter in wisconsin last flight. >> he said mitt romney is the worst republican in the country. is that true? >> what speech did you listen to? >> right here. >> stop lying. >> santorum took on the reporter, when asked to explain his later ataste tack on -- latest attack on mitt romney. in the speech before the former pennsylvania senator had told a crowd of supporters not to vote for romney. >> pick any other republican in the country. he is the worst republican in the counted try to put up -- in the country to put up against brome, against barack obama. >> quit distorting my words. come on man, what are you doing? >> reporter: jeff sell any is the reporter he tussled with. >> he clearly knew the cameras were rolling here. if he wants to use the media as a foil in this way, that is absolutely up to him. but we are simply asking questions like we all do. >> reporter: santorum a's the reporter was taking him ou
romney among likely republican primary voters. but the survey also reveals 73% of those polled think it's romney who will end up clinching the nomination. the former massachusetts governor didn't let the weather stop him from campaigning in mobile, alabama monday. >> if you think washington is a mess, i hope you'll send me there so i can fix it. >> reporter: romney's looking to pull off at least one victory in the south today to prove he can win over evangelical voters and carry very conservative states. cbs news, washington. >> ron paul didn't actively campaign in alabama and mississippi. there are also caucuses today in hawaii. >>> rising gas prices are taking a political toll on president obama. prices at the pump jumped another 3.6 cents in the past week. the national average is about $3.82 a gallon according to the energy information survey. the latest cbs news-"new york times" poll shows it's at 41%, down from 50% last month, president obama's approval. >>> a delta plane rolled off the taxi way in atlanta. mechanics were testing the engines when they experienced a problem with the
is over but the fight for the g.o.p. nomination sure isn't. both mitt romney and rick santorum are celebrating some super tuesday victories from yesterday. but as randall pinkston reports, neither has managed to settle the republican race for the white house. >> reporter: mitt romney managed to pull off six wins on super tuesday shoring up his front-runner status. >> i'm not going to let you down. i'm going to get this nomination. >> reporter: the former massachusetts governor barely won the critical swing state of ohio despite outspending his chief rival rick santorum 4-1. santorum won tennessee, oklahoma and north dakota. >> as it looks right now, we're going to get at least a couple of gold medals and a whole pack of silver medals. >> reporter: romney has the only money to take on president obama. eric cantor doesn't think the other candidates have what it takes. >> they have not demonstrated the the to do what needs to be done. >> reporter: night gung rich only -- gingrich only won georgia, the state he represented in congress but he's staying in the race. >> i'm the tortoi
santorum believe it's an opportunity for them to gain some ground on mitt romney. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: mitt romney is in mississippi trying to connect with southern voters. >> morning y'all. [ laughter ] good to be with you. i got started right this morning with a biscuit and some cheesy grits i tell you. delicious. >> reporter: romney has received the endorsement of mississippi's governor but four years ago he lost badly in the southern primaries. rick santorum hopes that will work to his advantage when voters in mississippi and alabama head to the polls on tuesday. he won in tennessee earlier this week with the help of religious conservatives looking at seven of the super tuesday states 37% of evangelicals supports santorum. >> first and second in mississippi and alabama on tuesday. i think that will be a -- a big, big win for us and hopefully get this race down to two candidates. >> reporter: to make this a two man race, ron paul and newt gingrich would have to drop out. paul's pledged to be at the convention and gingrich says southern voters will revitalize hi
candidates appear on the ballot. mitt romney and ron paul. that's because the other candidates failed to gather the required 10,000 signatures, 400 from each of the 11 districts. many of them filed suit but failed in their bid to get on the ballot. >> the people decide how many. if you should get these votes, i don't think it should depend on how much money you pay advertisers. >> reporter: there are also no write-ins. an emergency legislation to allow write-ins failed. it's a matter of money. the paper ballots needed for write-ins require two scanners. one for the republican and one for the democratic races. >> which cost thousands of dollars and fairfax county alone has 230 precincts. over the whole state it would cost so much money. >> reporter: regardless of voter turnout, volunteers here will be manning the polls till 7:00 tonight. there are 49 delegates at stake here in virginia. in falls church, delia goncalves, 9news now. >> write-ins were last on the virginia ballot back in the 1970's. however, the general assembly is going to reconsider write-in legislation coming up next ye
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